Thanksgiving is next week and I suspect when you think of errands you need to run and places you need to go to get ready for the holiday, you don’t think of the library. Instead, most people are either figuring out their travel plans, or thinking of errands involving the grocery store and re…

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We have all heard the term “probate.” But, we may not be exactly sure what this means. It may sound daunting, but don’t be intimidated by the phrase. From the Latin for “to prove,” probate is the court-supervised process of authenticating a last will and testament of a deceased person and th…

I love the radio. I remember listening to Brad Davis and Bob Steele as a teenager. There is so much to hear. I’d stay up on New Year’s Eve and record the top 100 hits from WDRC on my cassette recorder. Today I go back and forth between Jimmy and Shelly on WCTY and Lee Elci on 94.9 in the mor…

Hopkinton Town Councilor Sharon Davis made a statement at a Feb. 6 Planning Board meeting that Hopkinton uses 99.77 mW of energy every day. I spoke with her there, and Sharon was kind enough to share her handwritten notes with me. I looked them over and I emailed her what I understand to be …

Happy Veterans Day, and a resounding “Thank You” to all of our friends who have served in the military, near and far! Every year we celebrate this federal holiday (always on Nov. 11, save for a few strange years in the ’70s when it was switched to the fourth Monday in October), and yet there…

As is my custom this time of year, I make it a point to remind everyone who is in the Alzheimer's caregiving role how important it is to be prepared for the holidays. Truth be told, the things I'm going to be sharing with you today you can use year around whenever a big gathering is on the agenda.

He said, “I could use your help. We have our banquet coming up and I thought the kids would like to have their pictures taken with someone famous.” I have to confess that I don’t think of myself in that way. I’m out and about and have done a lot in the community. So people tend to recognize …

True confession — I have never been a member of a book group. I think they are a great idea, but when I think about them, I start to feel the familiar anxiety of school days. What if I have nothing insightful to add? What if I just don’t understand? Then I remind myself, no one cares enough …

It hit me just the other day. When you’re a child, you get invited to birthday parties. You have cake and ice cream, laugh and talk with your friends, and plan what you’re going to be when you grow up. You yearn for the future.

Last summer I was in Nashville for a conference. As I was walking through the airport I almost fell over a woman who looked like Joni Eareckson Tada. I came upon her as I was going around a corner. Mortified by the near mishap, I apologized. I looked at her and said, “Do you know who you loo…

We do a brisk business in travel guides here at the library. We have a great selection of very recent travel books for all sorts of other countries, and they are a very popular part of our collection. At the moment we have 2019 guides on our shelves for England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Fran…

The VFW this month is highlighting its success in securing benefits for veterans. In fiscal 2018, more than a half million veterans represented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars received more than $8.3 billion in disability compensation and pension benefits, exceeding the previous year's total…

I saw his obituary in the paper. It read, “Raymond Booker Jr. (Phil) was born in Greenwich, CT ....” It went on to list his family and his work history. One thing it didn’t note was the number of lives he had changed through his faithful witness. Obituaries rarely do that. Only God knows how…

As a Hopkinton town councilor, I voted to reappoint Harvey Buford to the Conservation Commission because of his past hard work and true desire to help implement the goals of the commission in the name of the residents of Hopkinton. Although I do not always agree with some of his ideas, I bel…

There’s been a big push in recent years to “diversify shelves” — to read and provide access to books by and about persons of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities, and others. Even with all the discussion and progress that has been made so far, the Cooperative …

Autumnfest is upon us! This Saturday the senior center will be abuzz from 8 to 11 a.m. with members and their friends eating, taking chances on the Penny Social, checking out the goodies in the bake sale, or checking out the art show by out Wednesday and Thursday painting classes.

It was an unseasonably nice day in late September. It was one of those occasions where you just had to get out of the house. It gave me the perfect excuse to take the afternoon off and head up to the Big E, New England’s great state fair. I hopped in my Mustang convertible and hit the road t…

On Oct. 7, the Westerly Town Council presented two resolutions on parking permits that would not only change the parking fee structures but would change which taxpayers could park in the Old Westerly Town Beach lot and on Larkin Road. The new parking ordinances, if approved, will prohibit se…

Holiday season is right around the corner. Who doesn’t love to celebrate things big and small? We all know about the big holidays. You know, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, my birthday. There is something being celebrated every day of the year. Maybe those days are not as noteworthy as m…

Through the graciousness of my local bookstore I was recently invited, along with another author, to do a talk about my book at the local library. We were allowed to take questions and I was asked by one of the attendees if I thought she was on the “road to dementia.” Apparently she was havi…

This will be a really busy week at the senior center. Tuesday a representative from the Veterans Administration will be available at the senior center from 9:30 until about noon to answer questions and assist with paperwork. Back-up will be offered by the Jim Salisbury of the VFW/DAV.

‘Please don’t pick me,” I thought. I looked down and away. I tried to shrink out of his line of sight. Then the Chief said, “Cal, why don’t you and Bob grab the high-rise pack and practice what we just went over.” There were lots of experienced firefighters in the room. They had probably don…

This fall, the library is offering many great events! If you are wondering about what is going on at the library, our events are listed on our website, and we have paper calendars available at all of our desks that you can take home for your refrigerator. All library events are free and hand…

I was going through some papers and cleaning up my files when I came across an old article in the newspaper. The headline read, “Are you a Trekkie?” It could have been written about me. I fell in love with Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise over 50 years ago.

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”  The objective of this year’s message is to provide education about the…

Westerly has an unprecedented opportunity with the proposed school bond. Although we are guaranteed 35% state funding aid to rebuild our elementary schools, the aid covers both principal and interest. Additionally we qualify through incentives for an additional 15% provided we follow the pla…

Fall is here, and as far as I’m concerned it is the perfect time of year in New England. I love the early days of autumn when the mornings are chilly but by midday you can be in shorts. The sky seems bluer and the air feels cleaner. What a great time of year to take advantage of all that Rho…

The report released last week by the Defense Department on suicides among members of the armed services showed that the rate in 2018 was the highest in five years. The rate last year among active-duty troops was 24.8 per 100,000, compared with 21.9 in 2017 and 18.5 per 100,000 service member…

All I needed was for one person to show me a little kindness. It was late. I was tired. I wanted to get home. The problem was that I had an hour-and-a-half ride ahead of me. I was on Route 91 south just north of Hartford, Conn. That’s when the traffic backed up.

Halloween is just over a month away, so now is the time to select a spooky novel to hunker down with and get into the Halloween spirit. I don’t specialize in the horror genre, but occasionally it is a lot of fun to curl up under a blanket and get caught up in a scary story. There are lots of…

I had a funeral for a man who had died much too soon. The last few years had been difficult for him. I will never understand why some people have to suffer. Yes, I get the fact that we live in a fallen world. That doesn’t make it any easier. So how do you make sense out of it and explain it …

On Thursday, Oct. 10 (also by early voting at Town Hall beginning on Sept. 20), voters will weigh in on the third and final phase of Vision 2020, a years-long school facilities plan for ensuring that our students and teachers are set up for success in safe, dry, warm, healthy, and modern lea…

A lot of you may already be on the waiting list for popular books including “Testament,” Margaret Atwood’s follow up to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens (that book has had a huge waiting list since 2018!). No need to worry, there are plenty of new books to…

When I was a kid and went to the movies, they weren’t as sophisticated as they are now. There was no digitized anything, no Pixar, few special effects. What a pity they had to rely on just well-written scripts, sharp direction, and actors who could act.

I got up this morning and turned on the television. I thought about going to the YMCA. Before I could get ready, I got caught up in a TV program. The music was good. People were dancing. All the participants were smiling. They were having fun. I decided to join in right in and I started danc…

Have you ever wondered about your family tree but weren’t sure how to begin your research? Or perhaps you are one of the committed (or is it addicted?) genealogists who dedicate all of your spare time to looking up birth and death dates and combing through archives in the never-ending quest …